The Great Maternity Leave Projects: Time Daily Tasks to Shift Your Mindset (Part 2)

Why read this article?  Learn an AMAZING technique that totally shifts your mindset from one of difficulty to one of ease when you do chores or tasks that you hate.  Great productivity hack.

Reading time:  4 minutes

 

Yesterday, I wrote about how life-changing it was for me to time with a stopwatch the tasks that always seem like a big deal in my head.  You know, the ones that kind of stop you from getting out there and doing cool stuff.   I hate chores.  I’m no domestic goddess.  I abandon a lot of what should be done around the house to get out and have fun with the kids.  So I’m always working on improving a bit in that aspect of things.

This page is all about improvements in mindset, productivity, efficiency – and this one technique is now a part of my coaching practice.  It’s that effective.

Just like going to the gym, I always moan at the thought of loading a 26 month old and an 8 month old into my car + stroller + bits to go along with them.  The sheer physical task and how long it takes always, always seems gargantuan in my mind.

That is, until I actually took out my iPhone stopwatch and spent a day recording how long tasks take.

My response:  “WTF?!”

As promised, I am going to share with you some of the crazy results I got, timing tasks that seem like a big deal in my head.  Guess what?  They are not!

Now that I know how quick these tasks are, they are 1000x less of  a pain in the ass than they used to be.  They are not easier.  I do not complete them faster.  I just shifted my mindset around them from one of difficulty to one of ease.  But I needed evidence to make that shift.

I want you to guess, based on your usual mindset how long the following took.  Jot them down.

TASK 1:  HAND WASH A SINK FULL OF DISHES INCLUDING 4 BABY BOTTLES

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TASK 2:  CLEAN & FILL TWO BABY BOTTLES WITH FORMULA

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TASK 3:  POOP BLOWOUT DIAPER CHANGE ON 2 YEAR OLD

***NO IMAGE.  TOO GROSS.***

TASK 4:  GET 8 MONTH OLD BABY UP FROM SLEEP, DIAPER CHANGED, DRESSED. 

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TASK 5:  DRESS 8 MONTH OLD BABY WHO IS CRAWLING

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TASK 6:  UNLOAD BABY + TODDLER + DOUBLE STROLLER + ACCESSORIES FROM CAR FOR TRIP TO THE GROCERY STORE

***TOO MUCH PHYSICAL WORK TO TAKE PICTURE LOL***

 

 

 

OK.  ARE YOU READY?  HERE ARE THE OFFICIAL TIMES.  NOT RUSHING. NOT A STRESSED OUT MESS.  JUST  SUPER CASUAL +METHODICAL.

Author: Carina Huggins

New Mother. Maternity Leave Disruptor. ENTP. ICF Certified Professional Coach. Entrepreneur. Owner of www.thegreatmaternityleave.com designed to inspire you, shift your perspective and help you retain your self-identity in that busy time of motherhood - the first year.

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